County COVID cases top 1,000

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45-54 year olds, females most at risk

While the death toll hasn’t risen, Columbus county’s total COVID-19 count rose to 1,024 as of today’s report (Thursday).

Daniel Buck, spokesman for the department, said five residents remain hospitalized, and 828 cases are considered recovered in Columbus. There are approximately 146 active cases right now in the county.

The county also released demographic information Thursday that shows people 45-54 are most at risk, followed closely by those 65 and up, with 55-64 year olds coming in third. Females also outnumber males 559 to 441 so far, the health department reported.

White patients make up 50.10 percent of the total cases, and African-Americans 37.2. Latino patients number 103, with 16 Native Americans. People of Asian or unknown descent make up a total of eight percent.

At 66 percent, the mortality rate for females is almost twice that of males. The breakdown by race shows 26 white patients dying from the virus, followed by 21 African American, two Latino, and one Asian.

One person between 25 and 34 died from COVID-19 here, while 64 percent of the deaths – 32 – were of patients 65 and older.

Tuesday marked the highest number of hospitalizations statewide since July, after numbers had taken a slight decline. The Health Department releases data on Monday and Thursday of each week.

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